I wrote this letter to a U.S. senator to try and awaken the need for spiritual change within the leadership of our government. While this letter was written to one senator, it is my plea to all senators and all political leaders in our nation.
I write to you today concerning the state of our nation. While I have always been so proud to be an American, I know that the state of our nation requires action and change. As a person of influence you know things can change, but how we go about that change is the difference between pseudo political transformation and a true national reformation. We need leaders who are intent on leaving a legacy of godliness. Jesus Christ is our foundation, a foundation that has been torn down. You have likely seen this occur during your lifetime. Senator, it is time to rebuild our nation. It is not a time for politics, but for change. Our sin-plagued nation needs a deep change in its soul. This will only come when we focus on the One who gave us breath. We must focus on him and rebuild this great nation. Our ancient walls of faith lie in ruins. While this seems a daunting task, I believe God has put it in the hearts of men and women all over our nation to bring change – to rebuild. Just as God put it in the heart of Nehemiah to rebuild the broken down walls of Jerusalem, he is now pursuing people to rebuild our ancient walls today. The spiritual walls of our nation have been torn down. Who will rebuild? Nehemiah succeeded in the midst of enormous opposition – the opposition of powerful political leaders. He did this through continual prayer, determination, and dependence on God – the author of the dream. When Nehemiah first approached the Jews about rebuilding the walls, this is what he said, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer disgrace.” (Nehemiah 2:17) I implore you Senator, let us no longer suffer disgrace. The gates of America are burned to the ground. Our spiritual heritage is going up in smoke. Let us rebuild. As a seasoned politician, maybe you think you have done all there is to do. But I believe you to be an honorable political leader, and I know you see the trouble we are in. Senator, will you leave a spiritual legacy for others, will you work for a dream that may be beyond your lifetime? The time is now to rebuild. We must move forward now, or be flung backward not able to recover. Consider these words God spoke to Ezekiel concerning the sins of Jerusalem:
Her priests have done violence to my law and have profaned my holy things. They have made no distinction between the holy and the common, neither have they taught the difference between the unclean and the clean, and they have disregarded my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, shedding blood, destroying lives to get dishonest gain. And her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, “Thus says the Lord God,” when the Lord has not spoken. The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice. And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. Therefore I have poured out my indignation upon them. I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. I have returned their way upon their heads, declares the Lord God. Ezekiel 22:26-31
Senator, these words also describe the state of our nation. The priests, princes, prophets, and people all behave in such a way. Yet God is looking for a single man to stand in the breach, someone to stand in the gap and build up the wall. In the time of Ezekiel, God found no one to stand in the gap. Today God is looking, and I believe he will find many who are willing to stand in the gap and rebuild our walls. I think we should seek out who those people are – who will stand in the gap. And for you specifically, this means what prince (or political leader) will stand in the gap. God can and will move in spite of the behavior of political leaders, but what if the political kings (and queens) of our day decided to put down political rhetoric and pursue righteousness? For the purpose of a king is to execute justice, righteousness, and judgment (Jeremiah 23:5, Ezekiel 45:9). To be frank, Senator, it is time for God to find someone willing to stand in the gap among our political leaders, and if he finds none there, he will undoubtedly remove all of them and start again.
In Bible times many kings were given prophets to give them a word from God. And many of the kings did not listen and suffered the consequences of their disobedience. If I could tell you one thing, Senator, it is this: political leaders need to be looking for watchmen, men and women of pure godly character who will give a warning, who will blow the trumpet, as trouble comes near (Ezekiel 33). Trouble is already near in America, and we need watchmen to draw alongside political leaders. Our leaders should be seeking out these people, the ones who will stand in the gap and rebuild our walls. This will save our nation from destruction. Gather the watchmen to yourself, Senator, and lead others to do the same. And just so it is clear what you are looking for – it is not the pastor on TV, nor the glamorous or religious. You are looking for the Nehemiahs, Jeremiahs, Ezekiels, and Daniels.
What will you do Senator? Will you leave a spiritual legacy? Will you participate in saving a desperate nation? And most importantly, what would God have you do?